B-1/B-2 Visa (Temporary Visitors for Business or Pleasure)
What is a B-1/B-2 visa?
A B-1/B-2 visa is the most commonly sought nonimmigrant visa. It is for people who wish to visit the United States temporarily for business or pleasure. Some of the activities permissible on a B-1/B-2 visa are:
Going on vacation
Visiting family members
Attending business meetings
Participating in work-related training
Receiving medical treatment
Undertaking independent research
Performing missionary work
Please see 9 FAM 41.31 for more information on the B-1/B-2 visa.
How do I apply for a B-1/B-2 visa?
Step 1: Please review our Personal Appearance Waiver Program page, our Renewal Program page, and our Group Travel Program page to determine whether you qualify for one of these programs. If so, please follow the instructions on the corresponding page. Otherwise, proceed to step 2.
Step 2: Fill out the application form, otherwise known as the DS-160. The questions are in English, but you can access a Spanish translation by selecting “Spanish” in the ToolTip dropdown menu in the upper right corner of the page. Then, place your cursor over a phrase to see an instant translation. Once you have finished, please remember to print your confirmation page! Our help page has answers to frequently asked questions about filling-out the DS-160.
Step 3: Pay the nonrefundable US$160 in Venezuelan bolivares (Bs. 1008 at the current exchange rate) at the closest Banco Provincial. Note that fees may vary depending on what kind of visa you are applying for. Banco Provincial will print the proof of payment on your DS-160 confirmation page. You will not be able to schedule your appointment if you haven’t paid the fee.
Step 4: Schedule your appointment either online or by telephone using our Visa Appointment Service.
Step 5: Complete the DHL pre-registration form online. If your visa is approved, it will be sent to you through DHL. Print your confirmation page - you will have to present it on the day of your appointment to gain access to the Embassy.
Step 6: Attend your interview on time, and come to your interview prepared. Check our website for information about security procedures and getting to the Embassy.
What documents are required to apply for a B-1/B-2 visa?
Confirmation page of the DS-160, with proof of payment of the nonrefundable application fee.
A printout of the DHL pre-registration form.
- A valid passport. If the passport is damaged, you must obtain a new passport before applying for a visa.
- A color photograph. The photograph must be 5 cm x 5 cm (2 inches x 2 inches), full frontal view of shoulders and face, against a white background. If you have been unsuccessful in uploading one to the DS-160, you may wish to have photos taken at the kiosk on the Embassy grounds. Photos at the kiosk cost Bs. 65 per person.
If any of the following apply in your case, you may be asked to present additional documents in support of your application:
What documents does the Nonimmigrant Visa Unit suggest?
We recommend that you bring all of your previous passports to your interview. In addition, the following are suggested documents that you may wish to present to support your visa application. Please note, however, that presenting these documents does not guarantee that you will receive a visa. Please read the list carefully, and if you decide to present any of the documents, present only those that pertain to your particular case. If possible, present original documents. This list is by no means an exhaustive list; you should bring whatever documents you think are relevant to your case.
Documents from the United States, such as invitation letters, evidence that you are scheduled to attend a business meeting in the United States, etc., may be useful to clarify the reasons for your proposed travel but are not as important as those that indicate your economic, social, family, and professional ties to Venezuela.
Documents related to your employment, such as letter from your employer stating:
- your job title
- how long you have been employed
- your monthly salary
- how many days of leave are granted for your trip
- pay stubs
Documents related to your financial situation, such as:
- original bank statements for the last several months
- deeds to any property you own
- Venezuelan tax documentation
- chambers of commerce registrations, etc.
Documents related to your family ties, such as:
- certified copies of birth and marriage certificates
- certified copies of baptism and religious marriage certificates
Don't Buy Tickets Without A Visa!
- IMPORTANT NOTE: You should not finalize your travel plans or purchase a nonrefundable ticket until you have your visa and passport in hand. Due to increased security procedures, some applications may require longer processing times. The application process cannot be accelerated, so please allow adequate time.
Aruba, Bonaire & Curaçao
- For Applicants from Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao: We do not hand back visas the day of your application. When making travel plans to come to Caracas, please keep in mind that if your visa is approved, the Embassy will need to retain your passport for at least two business days in order to print your visa.